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Captain Calamity

Publication date 1936
Publisher Grand National Pictures Inc.
Captain Bill Jones (George Houston) gets a Spanish doubloon from a passenger he was ferrying. Flat broke, he uses the doubloon to trick the greedy storekeeper Joblin (Harold Howard) into giving him a drink (or two) for free. Soon, the whole island is aflame with rumors of the treasure. After Joblin tries to put one over on Bill and fails, he allows Bill to get whatever he wants from his store in exchange for not getting sent to prison. After setting sail with Marge (Marion Nixon) for his lover's schooner Wildfire, he has to fight his way past Joblin.

[NB: This is another Grand National Picture production, and if you compare it to others, Bank Alarm in particular, you can find alot of reused actors and music.]

[Synopsis by uniQ.]

You can find more information regarding this film on its IMDb page.


Writers - Crane Wilbur, Gordon Ray Young (story)

George Houston - Capt. Calamity
Marian Nixon - Madge
Vince Barnett - Burp
Juan Torena - Mike
Movita - Annana
Crane Wilbur - Dr. Kelkey
Roy D'Arcy - Samson
George J. Lewis - Black Pierre (as George Lewis)
Margaret Irving - Mme. Gruen
Barry Norton - Carr
Louis Natheaux - Henchman
Lloyd Ingraham - Trader Jim
Alberto Gandero (as Albert Gandero)
Harold Howard - E. D. Joblin


Reviewer: kareneliot - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 18, 2010
Subject: That was a lot of movie for one hour!
This film about the calamity one man and one doubloon can wreck on the high seas is a very good, safe bet.

Well acted, quick moving story, pretty scenery.
Reviewer: Daniel Phanto - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 5, 2005
Subject: Captain Calamity
Hello My name is daniel and i liked the movie because i like adventure.
Reviewer: Jah Gussi - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 10, 2005
Subject: gmm
Reviewer: cashel - favoritefavoritefavorite - April 23, 2004
Subject: enjoyed
The characters in this film had many counterparts in real life. Just read Errol Flynn,s stories of his roguish wanderings in similar locales before he went to hollywood or accounts by peoplewho knew him at that time and which seem more believable. However, for pleasnt viewing, I can imagine a bitter winter evening, some good friends, alcholic drinks and this film as a break from serious conversation.Or as a backdrop to a barbecue,t he beautiful scenery adding an exotic atmosphere, with guests from time to time venturing,sociably into the audio area to enquire of the story,s progress. The actor writer ,Crane Wilbur was involved in several Landmark Hollywood productions, Firstly,in 1914, acting as hero in the most successful serial, The Perils of Pauline and then in 1953 as the writer of the 3D classic, The House Of Wax REVIEW REVISED 24th april 2004 My rating was incorrect. NOW 3 instead of 5 formerly
Reviewer: geekzapoppin - favoritefavorite - April 23, 2004
Subject: Captain Confusing
I can't actually say that this is a good film, but it's definitely interesting for folks who enjoy films with whacked-out color schemes and seemingly improvised plots. This was made on the lowest of budgets and shows every penny of it. I think it would be fun to watch whilst really high and with a group of friends.
Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 19, 2004
Subject: yar matey
Join us now as we join Captain Bill Calamity and his team of bellybuttonless stereotypes as they sail the high seas for gold! Actually, in this somewhat convuluted plot, Bill SAYS he has gold, when in fact he doesn't. Everyone is after him because they believe he DOES, got it? Rest assured that Bill, after a few fights, some bad singing, and some choice dialogue, wins in the end! GREAT color, I love the very very early color talkies, as they are totally saturated.
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